Ivy Tech Northeast student advances to final round of Cisco competition

Patrick Herendeen, an Ivy Tech Community College Northeast student in Computer Information Technology, will compete Friday in the Cisco Networking Academy NetRiders competition’s Theatre Finale, the final round of the competition for the United States and Canada.

The competition began in mid-October, when Herendeen was one of five Ivy Tech Northeast students—and one of more than 1,000 students in Canada and the United States—to compete in the competition that tests students on their knowledge of computer technology, from troubleshooting network problems to the components of a monitor.

Herendeen not only moved on to round two, but he learned he ranked No. 1 of all Indiana qualifiers in the first round. He advanced through round two in mid-November.

“I knew going into round one, there was going to be a lot of material we had not covered in class,” Herendeen says. “When I heard I qualified into round three, I thought, ‘This is amazing.’”

Round three will be live—all remaining contestants will compete at one time from their various locations. STEM Cyber Tech Grant Coordinator and Cisco instructor Raphaël Wolff will proctor Herendeen’s round Friday. Herendeen is one of 89 students left in the competition, and one of three from Indiana, which includes another Ivy Tech Community College student, from the Lafayette region, and a Ball State University student.

Cisco will reward the top U.S. scorer, the top Canadian scorer, and the next two highest scorers in this final round with a January 2014 study trip to California, which will include visits to Stanford University and Cisco headquarters, where they will meet with Cisco engineers and executives. Winners also get to be listed on the Cisco website, which is used by employers in search of new recruits.

Learn more about the competition at academynetriders.com.

About Ivy Tech Community College Northeast

Ivy Tech Community College Northeast is located in Fort Wayne, Ind., and serves nine counties in northeast Indiana. The region and its campus locations have grown from 131 students in 1969 to more than 11,000 students enrolled in nine schools in 2013. Ivy Tech Northeast expanded its physical boundaries to two additional campuses. The North Campus­—just a half-mile north of the Coliseum Campus building—consists of four buildings: The Steel Dynamics, Inc. Keith E. Busse Technology Center, Student Life Center, Harshman Hall and Carroll Hall. Public Safety Academy: Ivy Tech South Campus—located on the south side of Fort Wayne—provides additional educational opportunities for southern Allen County, as well as Huntington, Wells and Adams counties. Ivy Tech Community College is the state's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its communities. In addition, its courses and programs transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.
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